There are several ways a Performer can become a member of UBCP/ACTRA:
How to join as a Background Member
How to join as an Apprentice Member (1 Credit, see note below)
How to join as a Full Member (3 Credits, see note below)
Earning Credits toward Apprentice and Full Membership
In order to join UBCP/ACTRA as an apprentice or full member you must be a Canadian Citizen or a Permanent Resident and you must earn “credits”. A credit may be earned in the following ways:
- Landing one professional engagement in a residual category for which you paid a “permit” to UBCP/ACTRA, or
- Graduating with a post-secondary degree or diploma in Acting from a qualifying institution (see list below) which included at least 1000 hours of performance based work*, or
- Working 200 days or 1600 hours as a card carrying Background Member (this only applies for a first credit toward Apprentice of Full Membership)
You may be granted an Education credit if you received a degree or diploma in Acting which includes at least 1000 hours of performance based work from a qualifying institution. All graduates have sixty (60) days from the date of graduation to register an Education Credit. Please contact us if you have any questions or to see if you qualify for an Education Credit.
Qualifying institutions are:
University of British Columbia – Bachelor of Fine Arts/Acting
University of Victoria, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Major in Theatre Acting
Studio 58 at Langara College – Diploma in Theatre Arts/Acting
Vancouver Film School – Diploma in Acting for Film and Television
New Image College – Film Acting Conservatory, 2 year diploma program
Capilano University – Acting for the Stage and Screen Diploma, or Musical Theatre Diploma
Schoolcreative Institute of the Arts – The Acting for Film, Television & Voice-Over Intensive combined with The Improvisation, Stand-Up and Sketch-Comedy Showcase OR The Acting for Film & Theatre Showcase
Vancouver Institute of Media Arts (vanarts)- 1 year Acting for Film and TV Program
Art Institute of Vancouver – Acting Program – completion of all 5 levels
This list does not imply endorsement by UBCP/ACTRA.
The list of qualifying institutions is subject to change at any time at the discretion of UBCP/ACTRA. Other schools may meet the eligibility requirements but have not applied. This list will be updated as schools apply and satisfy the criteria to qualify for the education credit.